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Blockbuster Exhibition to Close September 4 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

August 15, 2006

“… a many-faceted jewel of a show,” wrote Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe hailing The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This popular exhibition, featuring over 70 paintings by Renoir, Cézanne, Sargent, Hopper, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, and other great artists, is the first exhibition to unite the masterpieces collected by Sterling Clark with those collected by his brother Stephen Clark. The last day to view The Clark Brothers Collect will be Labor Day, Monday, September 4.

Described as “…a pleasure to view” and “actively engaging” by Judith Dobrzynski of the Wall Street Journal, this exhibition offers a series of “face-offs” allowing visitors to compare the brothers’ different collecting tastes. For example, in Renoir’s portrait Sleeping Girl with a Cat, Sterling Clark’s love of the beautiful and seductive is apparent. While in Young Woman Reclining in Spanish Costume, a work by Manet that was purchased by Stephen, the bold and forceful style that he sought out is evident.

Other highlights of the exhibition include a collection of 11 paintings by Renoir in one gallery, a room dedicated to the works of Hopper and Homer, and a single gallery featuring early modern works by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Cézanne collected by Stephen.

The exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays from September 5 to June 31). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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